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St. Cloud, Florida – Tips to Finding Your Local Realtor

Buying a house is challenging. If you’re just beginning your search, you might not even know exactly where you and your family want your new home to be. Your St. Cloud realtor will be able to help you narrow down your choices between neighborhoods and also find the perfect school for your family. If you’re looking for more information on schools in St. Cloud, that can be found by clicking here. Below you’ll find some important steps that you should take with your St. Cloud realtor to get ready for the journey of buying a home.

  1. Determine how much you can afford to spend on a new home. The first step in any significant investment is determining your budget and being comfortable with the money involved in buying a house. Your St. Cloud realtor can help you figure this budget out, as well as find homes that work within that budget. Buying a home should be a pleasant experience so we won’t push you. Along with the budget, you’ll want to get prequalified for a mortgage, this will make the process a lot easier when it comes to putting in an offer.
  2. Shop around with your St. Cloud realtor and find a home you love. You’ll want to make lists of pros and cons, and weigh all of the options. Do you want to do renovations inside before you move in or shortly after? Or do you want something move-in-ready? Is the home close to schools and parks? What about entertainment? These are things you’re going to want to keep in mind and tell your St. Cloud realtor about.
  3. Once you and your realtor in St Cloud find the right home for you and your family, it is time to put an offer in on the home. This is the intimidating part because, in many cases, you’re left waiting for a bit while the paperwork is shuffled around. Being preapproved will help you here.
  4. If the offer goes through, you and your St. Cloud realtor will sign all of the documents and all you have to do now is pack and move into your new home on closing day!

Buying a home doesn’t have to be a scary process. With the right St. Cloud realtor, the process will be challenging, but will end in a new home for you and your family! For further reading, you can visit your realtor website and read some news about the current market and find more advice on the process here. Or call your St. Cloud realtor for more personalized information and guidance.

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Paint Your Home Right to Get it Sold!

Many people who are trying to sell their homes don’t realize how important the color of the walls is. Learn the importance of choosing to paint to sell here.

It seems like the most minute detail that most people will probably change when they purchase the house, but it is one of the main things they use to determine how they feel about the house, whether they realize it or not. It’s important to paint to sell because buyers want to picture themselves in your home. Regarding price, it might cost a few hundred dollars to paint to sell and take and a day or two to finish the job, but this usually guarantees a 100% (if not more) return on the investment. People will feel like the home is more put-together and well taken care of when there is a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

The rule of thumb when painting your house before putting it on the market is to stick with neutral colors. You want to start with a mostly clean plate as well, so when you are getting ready to sell it’s usually best if you move most of the “clutter” out of your home so potential home buyers aren’t overwhelmed with some things in the home. To paint to sell, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Are bright green walls something that you want to come into? Of course not. It makes it easier for them to be able only to focus on the things that are important to them, such as the structures and layout of the home, rather than be smothered by a brightly colored room or a gallery wall of the things your kids have painted for you in school. Blank neutral walls usually help them envision what the house will look like with their things in it and their photos on the wall.

A common mistake that is often made is painting the entire house white. This is not a neutral color and is considered a “bright” color, harsh on the eyes. The best colors to go with include colors like the typical “eggshell” or anything similar to that. Off white colors or tans are always the best and safest bet. It’s never a good idea to go with a darker color on the walls because it makes the room seem darker, which is the opposite of what you want to do when trying to sell your home. Your rooms should feel light, airy, and full of space.

When it comes to renovating your house before you sell painting is one of the easiest things you can do in your home. Whether every room in the house needs a fresh coat or just the rooms that are more “lived in” it is one of the easiest ways to get potential buyers more interested. It will be one less job for them to worry about when they buy and it will allow them to move in and enjoy the house faster. I would highly recommend taking the time to paint to sell your home.

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3 Helpful Spring Cleaning Tips!

Don’t let annual spring cleaning sneak up on you! These tips will help you get closer to relaxing and enjoying St. Cloud in no time.

With February here we’re all thinking about the month filled love and Valentine’s. But there’s something else that some people might already be dreading… Spring cleaning. Let’s plan ahead and make this year’s edition of spring cleaning the best one yet. According to Groundhog Day, we’re going to be experiencing an early Spring which is great for us non-Winter people, but bad for the people procrastinating your Spring cleaning. And while we haven’t experienced a whole lot of Winter in St. Cloud we’re just looking forward to getting our 80-degree weather back. Whether you’re in St. Cloud, Florida or New York City, these simple tips will make spring cleaning a breeze so that you can go out and enjoy the breeze.

  1. Plan ahead. Take a walk around your house and outside to soak up the St. Cloud winter, but grab a notepad and a pen. Write things down that you know you want to clean, reorganize or get rid of. That way, when the weather in St. Cloud starts to warm up, you won’t be thinking “So, where do I start?”
  2. Make it fun. Take a vacation day and enjoy the morning alone. Make a nice breakfast and ease into spring cleaning. Take a walk around your beautiful St. Cloud neighborhood. By making it an enjoyable day without being rushed, it’ll feel more like a mental health day than a spring cleaning nightmare.
  3. Work smarter not harder. By planning ahead and taking a vacation day from work, you’ll already have saved so much time. But, your realtor and trusted source in St. Cloud is here to tell you that you don’t have to move every bit of furniture you have. Take care of the stains that have been bothering you for month, invest in a vacuum or sweeper that rotates almost flat so that you can get into spaces underneath furniture without having to move them. Use an all-purpose cleaning solution so that you don’t have to keep switching back and forth. Incentivise spring cleaning for your family too, so they’ll be more excited to help.

These tips are just the beginning, but will really make a difference if you’re trying to cut down the time spent cleaning and increase your time spent outside in St. Cloud.


April Newsletter

April 2020 Newsletter (1)
Coronavirus Makes Orlando library suspends home delivery

Orlando Library Suspends Home Delivery

Here at YourFloridaHaven and Smarter Senior Seminar Series works hard to keep you updated about all that’s new and critical to YOU!

Today we learned the following and wanted you to know right away, especially if you a bibliophile like we are!

The library suspended home delivery service after Thursday afternoon, March 26. As a result, some requested materials were not processed for delivery. We apologize for the inconvenience.

While the library regrets having to make this difficult decision, we must do our part in following Orange County, Florida Government’s directive to halt all non-essential services and to protect the health and well-being of our staff.

If you have a question about the status of an item you placed on hold, the best indicator is that if it has been checked out to you, it is in route to be delivered. If the item has not been checked out to you, delivery for that item has been suspended.

At this time, you can continue placing new requests online and once the library resumes normal business, the new and suspended requests will be processed and delivered.

During this time, our call center is closed. If you need any assistance, please Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in any class or program due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location at which the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at 407-835-7323 or by writing to: 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801.

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Coronavirus Scam Alert for Seniors

Hello Everyone! This Coronavirus Scam alert is coming straight from the World Health Organization.

The Scam

Beware of criminals pretending to be WHO

Criminals are disguising themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information.  If you are contacted by a person or organization that appears to be from WHO, verify their authenticity before responding.

The World Health Organization will:

  • never ask for your username or password to access safety information
  • never email attachments you didn’t ask for
  • never ask you to visit a link outside of 
  • never charge money to apply for a job, register for a conference, or reserve a hotel
  • never conduct lotteries or offer prizes, grants, certificates or funding through email.


The only call for donations WHO has issued is the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which is linked to below.  Any other appeal for funding or donations that appears to be from WHO is a scam.  


Beware that criminals use email, websites, phone calls, text messages, and even fax messages for their scams.

You can verify if communication is legit by contacting WHO directly.


Phishing: malicious emails appearing to be from WHO

WHO is aware of suspicious email messages attempting to take advantage of the COVID-19 emergency. This fraudulent action is called phishing.
These “Phishing” emails appear to be from WHO, and will ask you to:
  • give sensitive information, such as usernames or passwords
  • click a malicious link
  • open a malicious attachment.
Using this method, criminals can install malware or steal sensitive information.

How to prevent phishing:

  1. Verify the sender by checking their email address.  

    Make sure the sender has an email address such as ‘’ If there is anything other than ‘’ after the ‘@’ symbol, this sender is not from WHO.  

    For example, WHO does not send email from addresses ending in ‘’ , ‘’ or ‘’.

  2. Check the link before you click.  

    Make sure the link starts with ‘’.  Better still, navigate to the WHO website directly, by typing ‘’ into your browser.

  3. Be careful when providing personal information. 

    Always consider why someone wants your information and if it is appropriate. There is no reason someone would need your username & password to access public information.

  4. Do not rush or feel under pressure. 

    Cybercriminals use emergencies such as 2019-nCov to get people to make decisions quickly. Always take time to think about a request for your personal information, and whether the request is appropriate.

  5. If you gave sensitive information, don’t panic.  

    If you believe you have given data such as your username or passwords to cybercriminals, immediately change your credentials on each site where you have used them.

  6. If you see a scam, report it.  

    If you see a scam, tell us about it.  

What Do You Need?

During this hard time, we know we are dealing with something we have never dealt with before. We also know Seniors, and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk.

Please leave us a message to let us know… How can we help you?

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Importance of Senior to Stay Informed

In today’s environment when Seniors and Active Adults are living longer it is imperative that we are able to share or become that RESOURCE outlet. As we all age there are so many options for us to make when we become Active Adults and Seniors. There are options that we need exposure with to safeguard are health, our finances and most of all our legacies. It is my initiative to become that RESOURCE outlet for the senior and ACTIVE ADULT Community.

My desire in becoming that TRUSTED—seniors/ACTIVE ADULT RESOURCE PROFESSIONAL is to network and learn about all the different options available to this growing population. Did you know that over 70% of people 65 or older will need some type of assistance with their daily living activities. Activities like eating, transportation, bathing, laundry, scheduling doctor appointments, shopping, organizing their daily/monthly bills along with their medical bills and social interaction.

By writing a weekly blog it is my intention to reach out to the seniors/ACTIVE ADULT Community and their Caretakers so that they have a Resource outlet to follow weekly. Also available is a website that offers a SENIOR and ACTIVE ADULT RESOURCE tab along with providing upcoming information with SENIOR AND ACTIVE ADULT FAIRS, Expo’s or Senior related Opportunities. It is all about Creating Awareness!

Plan on attending THE FIRST ANNUAL ORLANDO SENIORS RESOURCE FAIR at LAKE EOLA Amphitheater in Downtown ORLANDO on Saturday the 17th of MAY, 2014 from 10:30-1:30. There will be over 30 local providers of Senior Care Info and Services. Music, games, face painting and raffle prizes will be available along with Massages, blood pressure and vital checks. This FAIR is Presented by NEWPORT SENIOR LINK which is a FREE SERVICE available to SENIORS and their CARETAKERS. NEWPORT SENIOR LINK works closely with over 300 Assisted Living and Independent Communities throughout the Central Orlando area Helping with finding the very best home.

BECOME a FOLLOWER and Share my Website at  and my Blog at for up to date SENIOR RESOURCE INFORMATION.

Certified Senior Housing Professional in Orlando, Florida

A little about myself and my Real Estate Business.

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Mike Flahaven
EXP Realty

I am a Certified Senior Housing Professional in Orlando, Florida area.

This includes me touring and building relationships with Independent, Assisted and CCRC communities in Orange, Osceola, Lake & Seminole Counties of Central Florida.  I also have a lengthy list of Resources that I have personally interviewed as a referral base for Seniors and their Caretakers whenever the time comes for the Senior to age in place, which is why I’m your certified senior housing professional.

My motivation is that I will be: Providing Seniors the Respect and Dignity they deserve by becoming a Trusted Resource Ally for them & their Caretakers here in the Orlando area!

As a certified senior housing professional in Orlando, my blog shares information about Senior Communities and Resources in all 4 counties. The blogs are archived on my website. I also write about current events that happen or take place during the year that I feel is pertinent content relating to Seniors and Active Adults.

Also, on my certified senior housing professional in Orlando website, I have a section that’s devoted to Active Adult Communities ( 55+ and over )  mostly in the Lake, Osceola and Seminole Counties of Central Florida. There are plenty to choose from in sunny Florida.

I am excited to serve as a certified senior housing professional in Orlando, with Helping Seniors age in place. Seniors are a vulnerable group targeted by scam artists and I want them to know what I have been building and about my trusted relationships with Professionals who have the same passion.

I look forward to answering any questions or concerns that you might have concerning Seniors, Active Adults and Referral Business. I am your TRUSTED Certified Senior Housing Professional and adviser in Central Florida!

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December Newsletter

Welcome Orlando's 2019 Holiday Season

Welcome Orlando’s 2019 Holiday Season with These Festive Events

Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art “Merry and Bright” Holiday Celebration

Sat, Nov 23, 10 AM – 5 PM

Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL

From  Celebrate the season of “Merry and Bright” with Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art. For the 33rd year the Festival of Trees, put on by Council of 101, will be benefiting the Orlando…View more

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Light Up UCF

Sat, Nov 23, 12:00 – 11:59 PM

TomorrowAddition Arena
12777 Gemini Blvd N, Orlando, FL

From Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF. Produced by UCF Convocation…View more

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Dinos in Lights Begins

Sat, Nov 23, 11 AM – 4 PM

Orlando Science Center
777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL

From Add some sparkle to the holiday season and see some of your favorite creatures from the Cretaceous in a whole new light with the festive Dinos In Lights show at Orlando Science Center! Join STAN…View more

Information and Tickets

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Vintage Holiday Market

Sun, Nov 24, 2 PM

100 S Eola Dr, Orlando, FL

From Please save the date Vintage Holiday Market at The Abbey, a fun day of local vendors for your shopping pleasure, food trucks, and lovely libations! Vendor Application…View more

Information and Tickets

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Disney Junior Holiday Party

Sun, Nov 24, 3:00 – 11:59 PMIn

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL

From A dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including…View more

Information and Tickets

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Santa Photo Experience at The Mall at Millenia

Sun, Nov 24, 11 AM – 7 PMIn

The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL

From Visit with the same Santa you have known and loved for more than 10 years.For specific details call our Concierge Desk 407-363-3555.Meet Santa at HollyvilleView more

Information and Tickets AARPMORE INFO Venue

Sensory Friendly Santa Experience

Sun, Nov 24, 9 – 11 AM

Orlando, FL

From  Special needs families can visit with Santa in a private setting for a more personal interaction before the mall opens to the public. There will also be special activities and entertainment…View more

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Orlando REPs Holiday Family Celebration

Sun, Nov 24, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Orlando Repertory Theatre

Sun, Nov 24, 3:30 – 5:00 PMIn

Orlando Repertory Theatre
1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL
From Orlando REP’s 7th Annual Holiday Celebration Join us for Orlando REP’s 7th Annual Holiday Celebration. Enjoy holiday treats, an exclusive multi-item chance drawing, photos with Santa, and a…View more

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